Feeling Fishy…

9 Jan

Regardless of where we are, Up the Mountain or Down by the Sea, we have access to fantastic seafood. Like many other folk we want to take a few weeks of eating menus that are a little lighter, and going down the fish and vegetable route works for us. We already enjoy pulses, so many meals are meat free, like our much loved lentils (minus the chorizo, or maybe just a little as we’re not being super strict, just making an effort!).


New Year’s Eve was a very luxurious lobster and prawn platter with bubbles. Grapes and cava, Spanish style at 11pm to ring in the Spanish midnight and champagne and fireworks from London’s South Bank at midnight.


Skate with prawns, capers and lemons featured another night (we just combined two favourite ways of cooking it…skate with capers and skate with prawns). Absolutely delicious and so quick and easy.


Tonight was a version of a Spanish dish of prawns with mushrooms with plenty of garlic. Gambas y setas con ajos (setas are oyster mushrooms, but I used chestnut mushrooms this time). Chop your favourite mushrooms into bite sized pieces and stir fry quickly in some olive oil (I cooked in my wok) when they are just turning brown add some peeled, sliced garlic and a little chopped fresh parsley.  When the garlic starts to take on some colour, add some raw, peeled prawns. As soon as they have turned pink, season with coarse sea salt and a little pimentón and add a splash of white wine. Another 30 seconds in the hot pan and you are ready to dish up. Sprinkle with more parsley and serve with some lovely crusty bread to mop up the delicious juices.


Whatever your plans for this month are, be happy! Don’t be hard on yourself if you break those resolutions made in a moment of madness, better still…throw them out the window and celebrate the fact that we’ve made it into another year…and let’s see what it brings. Happy New Year to you all.


35 Responses to “Feeling Fishy…”

  1. Mad Dog January 9, 2017 at 22:40 #

    That looks like quite a feast – Happy New Year!

  2. restlessjo January 9, 2017 at 23:55 #

    I’m still groaning with food after a night at the superb Chinese buffet here in Tavira. 🙂 Sizzling vegetables sound healthy enough, don’t they? Maybe not the quantity of wine that washed them down! Wishing you a terrific new year, Tanya 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza January 10, 2017 at 10:05 #

      I think when they’re sizzled it removes all calories!

      • restlessjo January 10, 2017 at 18:12 #

        Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂 🙂

  3. Eha January 10, 2017 at 03:24 #

    Can understand you having great seafood where you live in England but would not have presumed it so ‘up the mountain’! Lovely fishy feast which is beginning to cost an arm and a leg here; And *smile* shall make your gambas y setas for supper tonight tho’ with rather ordinary mushrooms at home and, fusion-like, wrapped in my favourite pita . . .

    • Chica Andaluza January 10, 2017 at 10:08 #

      We’re lucky Up the Mountain as we’re only 45km from the nearest beaches and fish markets. Several times a week fish man delivers in his little van to our doorsteps or we can visit the fish shops in 2 local villages…spoiled for choice!!

  4. andalusiantraveller January 10, 2017 at 11:31 #

    Garlic, parsley, pimenton and white wine make all dishes delicious. Glad to see you made an Andalusian New Years’ Eve dinner. Besides that, at home I cook lentils with no chorizo. In order to not to miss the flavour I add the best pimenton de la vera. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza January 10, 2017 at 16:00 #

      Pimentón makes everything taste so good (well….nearly everything! )

  5. thecompletebook January 10, 2017 at 14:58 #

    Tanya, what glorious meals! Magnificent way to bring in the New Year and to celebrate a month or so of easier and lighter eating. We completely overindulged this festive season and I am truly paying for it now but like you say, let’s be grateful and happy to make it to another year. Much love to you for a beautiful and happy 2017.
    🙂 Mandy xoxo

  6. chef mimi January 10, 2017 at 17:08 #

    Oh, I’m so jealous of your access to fresh fish! What pretty photos!!!

  7. narf7 January 11, 2017 at 19:28 #

    “Oh pointy fish, oh pointy, pointy…anoint my dish, anointy nointy!”

    • Chica Andaluza January 11, 2017 at 19:51 #

      Love it you crazy lady!!

      • narf7 January 11, 2017 at 20:01 #

        Gotta keep it real Ms Chica and only for you 😉

  8. Pink Queen January 12, 2017 at 01:22 #

    The photos make me wanna eat those all 😀

  9. Karen January 12, 2017 at 14:44 #

    I like your way of thinking as well as your way of starting out the year eating healthier.

  10. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial January 12, 2017 at 20:41 #

    That all looks amazing! Love the prawns, but also very taken with the skate – I grew up eating that! Yum! Hope you’re having a glorious start to the year, much love to you both! xxx

    • Chica Andaluza January 13, 2017 at 12:55 #

      Hi Celia. Sll good here thanks but we’ve got light snow today so please send us some of your sunshine! Making soup for lunch to keep us warm! Big hug x

      • abdun navi January 17, 2017 at 03:08 #

        hy chica,….
        a look your post very nice

  11. Tandy | Lavender and Lime January 16, 2017 at 07:21 #

    Happy new year to you as well! and I am so going to try the Gambas y setas con ajos, but maybe with crayfish which we have in the freezer 🙂

  12. The Chair's Antique January 17, 2017 at 03:02 #

    look so nice

  13. abdun navi January 17, 2017 at 03:03 #

    awesome pict

  14. ChgoJohn January 17, 2017 at 05:54 #

    You sure do know how to ring in the New Year, Tanya! There’s something about a seafood feast that screams PARTY! That prawn dish is one that I would love. All that’s missing is a bed of pasta … you know … so that the prawns can rest. 🙂
    Happy New Year!

    • Chica Andaluza January 17, 2017 at 10:13 #

      We’re eating spaghetti alle vongole this week after I’ve been to the fishmonger! !

      • ChgoJohn January 17, 2017 at 15:25 #

        That tears it! I’m booking tickets! Damn Pond!

  15. Frank Fariello January 20, 2017 at 16:31 #

    Wonderful! These photos had me drooling. Especially the skate with capers, mmm!

  16. Ummi January 28, 2017 at 23:37 #

    Looks so delicious, dishes made of delicious lobster …… hmmmmm

  17. viktoryarch February 3, 2017 at 04:00 #

    Loving fishy….

  18. Six Tastes Kitchen March 29, 2017 at 16:05 #

    Love love seafoods, thanks for sharing 🙂

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